Flouting norms, industrial unit install hoardings on national highway

  • Sukhpreet Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 18, 2015 09:08 IST

Several hoardings of hosiery industry products have been installed on the Ferozepur Road ahead of Octroi Post in violation of Punjab and Haryana high court directions.

In 1998, Punjab and Haryana high court had passed directions to remove hoardings and advertisements along the national highways, which were considered dangerous and an impediment to the safe movement of the traffic.

These hoardings have been installed to advertise the hosiery buyer-seller meet that has been going on in different marriage palaces on the Ferozepur Road.

The hoardings that have been installed along the road and even on the trucks and trolleys parked on roadsides distract the commuters, and could lead to mishaps. The road is used by thousands of vehicles going to Jagraon, Moga, Ferozepur and other areas from city.

Buyers and seller meet organised by different hosiery and textile manufacturers' associations entered the second day on Sunday. The five-day event will run till Wednesday due to which commuters will have to suffer from these distracting advertisements.

Though this is not a new trend, as several events organised in the past had also displayed advertisements along road sides without inviting any action by the authorities.

Many of vehicles can be seen stationed on the national highway by covering some part of the roads so that commuters can have a look on the advertisements. Moreover, some of the vehicles are positioned in a very dangerous way, which can invite any mishap as during night time visibility is less.

As per a municipal corporation official no advertisement hoarding can be installed on the national highway.

Davinder Singh, a resident of Mullanpur, said, "Many of the times hoardings are installed on the national highway, which is very dangerous. There are a few hoardings, which are installed permanently on the highway. Sometimes the hoardings are installed in large numbers that one gets confused while driving. Many of the times political hoarding are also installed on the highway. Authorities concerned should take required steps to remove all the hoarding so that commuters should not suffer."

NHAI Ambala division project director Vipan Sharma said, "If it is a nationwide event, the organisers can take permission from National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to display advertisement. I am not aware about this event, as I am on leave for the past few days."

City-based road safety expert Kamaljeet Soi said, "No one can install advertisements on national highway, as this is the contempt of court. One can go behind the bars, if anyone installs any advertisement as this can prove to be dangerous for commuters."

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